The Kattenkabinet, or Cat Cabinet, in Amsterdam is a different kind of museum. Dedicated to the memory of a ginger cat named John Pierpont Morgan, the museum (founded by the cat’s owner Bob Meijer) features art and memorabilia devoted to cats. There are even a few friendly resident cats. This is one museum cat-lovers will enjoy.
The Kattenkabinet is housed in one of Amsterdam’s historic 17th century canal houses. Built for the wealthy Van Loon family, the property has had a succession of owners including legal advisor Engelbert van Berckel, who reportedly met here with former U.S. President John Adams to discuss treaty negotiations.
Your tour of the Kattenkabinet takes you through the bel étage, or main floor, where you’ll see several rooms featuring period decorations
(notice the 19thcentury ceiling paintings in the Music and Mechelen Rooms) with lots of cat-themed accessories.
The museum’s collection of artwork (birthday gifts for the feline J.P.) ranges from posters, etchings, and lithographs to drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. Highlights in the collection include:
De heilige maagd met kind, kat en slang (The Virgin with Child, Cat and Snake) – Rembrandt van Rijn, 1654
Le Chat (The Cat) – Pablo Picasso, 1940 and Kat en muis (Cat and Mouse) – Henriette Ronner-Knip, ca 1870
Modern and antique sculptures of cats, such as:
Kat (Cat) – Jacques Adnet, 1930
Kwade kat (Evil Cat) – Lies Lobatto, 1989